Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

Cheers to ...

the more than 300 cyclists who will look to make their way through Camdenton and the lake area participating in Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,000-mile bike race across the continental United States!

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the concerned citizens of Camdenton who have organized a peaceful protest for July 3 at the Camden County courthouse in regards to a carcinogenic chemical contamination discovered over three decades ago. The citizens don't feel their voices or concerns have been adequately heard and will have the opportunity to express their First Amendment rights in a public setting. We hope many citizens show up and respect those in attendance.

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the Missouri Department of Transportation. It has started work on much-needed safety improvements to Highways F, TT and MM - which lead through the Westside to the local toll bridge. Shoulders are a significant safety addition to this extremely windy route.

Jeers to ...

those who harm children. It is beyond understanding. This week we worked on several stories, all involving allegations involving children. It is beyond our comprehension. It is unsettling and disheartening to think of the innocent victims.

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anyone who has not filled out the 2017 Lake Sun Reader's Choice ballot. You can find it online at LakeNewsOnline.com or in the newspaper at convenient rack and vendor locations throughout the lake area.